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Citizens Take to the Internet to Support Bosnia-bound Troops

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 1995 – Americans have taken flight on the Internet's World Wide Web site DoD calls BosniaLINK. The cyberspace outpouring produced more than 5,000 holiday messages to American forces supporting the NATO mission in Bosnia.

Here are some typical greetings from across the country:

"To all our troops in Bosnia: You and your families are in our hearts and our prayers. God bless you all, a military wife." Cari Hylton, Fort Wainwright, AK

"We wish all of you the very best during your tour and we pass on the most Season's Greetings from the State of Alaska, The city of Fairbanks, and The American Legion Post 57, Fairbanks. Many of us know what it is to be put in a situation like you guys are in. Guys we support you all and know you're doing the right thing. All the respect due all of you." Dick Cowles, ExAir Force Korean War, Fairbanks, AK

"As a product of the '60s and a sister of a V.N. vet, my heart goes out to all of you who are overseas and away from your families during the Holidays or any time at that. We all hope and pray that you will be home, soon, safe and in good health. I will stay in touch with you all via net until you are all home and with peace. Merry Christmas and come home in the New Year." Patrice Echola, Anchorage, AK

"From cold and snowy Iowa, I send greetings and best wishes to all of you. Blessed are the peacemakers, and my prayers shall be with you, in this endeavor. I went to Korea in 1951 to try to keep peace, but failed. I hope you are more successful. Merry Christmas. You shall all be in our prayers, to be kept from harm." Lowell W. Daasch, Davenport, IA

"I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I know what it is like to be away from your family at this time of year. I was in Operation Desert Storm in 1990 during Christmas. I am giving you 100 percent support for your efforts and who you will be able to return home soon. Semper Fi." Marvin Hill, Waukon, IA

"Greetings to all the military men and women stationed in Bosnia. You are doing a great service there. Keep up the good work. May you all have a happy holiday season be it Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa! Also, best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year in 1996!" Margie Kobos, Trenton, NJ

"Holiday Greetings to all the troops serving in the Balkans! Please know that you, the troops, are appreciated and remembered in our prayers. Please look out for each other and keep safe during this difficult time to be away from home. Best wishes and 'check six.'" SSgt Jaymes Williams, USAFR, Salem, OR

"It is so hard to be away from home at this time of year. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you take action to end this bitter war. I wholeheartedly support you in this mission and I wish you a speedy return to your families." Kay Stowers, Aloha, OR

"Warm holiday greetings to all the brave and unselfish men and women helping to bring Peace on Earth to a part of the world that has been without it for too long. We send our heartfelt thanks for the job you're doing, and our sincere wishes for your safe return home soon." Chuck and Beth Aylworth, Eugene, OR

"You have our unqualified support and appreciation, and we wish that one year will be small compared to the great good that you are doing. You are in our thoughts constantly, in the belief that victory is in peace this mission. Have a joyous holiday, and know that your homecoming will be a genuinely welcome one." Maj. Vicki Smith, 252nd Combat Communication Group (ANG), Hillsboro, OR

"May God bless you as you serve all of us, whether in uniform or not, in Bosnia. Your job is critical to maintaining the United States' role as a world leader and its citizens reputation for caring about other peoples less fortunate than we. Your active duty comrades support you and remember you in prayer daily." Capt. Daniel C. Mosqueda, 319th Missile Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, WY

(NOTE TO EDITORS: This article has related article, Release #5948 (9512221.txt))

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